Discrimination based on skin color

Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism, or shadeism, is a form of prejudice and/or discrimination in which people who share similar ethnicity traits or perceived race are treated differently based on the social implications that come with the cultural meanings that are attached to skin color.[1]

    Research has found extensive evidence of discrimination based on skin color in criminal justice, business, the economy, housing, health care, media, and politics in the United States and Europe. While colorism as a term includes all skin tones, most examples of colorist behavior are directed towards those who have darker skin than the offender. Those with darker skin tones are subjected to more discrimination in a multitude of countries around the globe. Due to the desire to experience less prejudice and racial terrorism, some individuals bleach their skin. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the intentional inclusion of mercury salts (which inhibit the production of melanin) and the chemical hydroquinone, along with the frequent evasion of regulations which surround these harmful ingredients by their manufacturers and suppliers, poses an acute public health risk.[2][3] Clobetasol propionate is another ingredient of concern.[4]


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